Nuclear Fusion for Schools

The information material related to nuclear fusion provided below addresses teachers and students. The videos, animations, booklets and brochures have been especially produced  for use in class and deepen existing knowledge. You can also find many useful links.

The scene is set in 2103. Fusion power is realized. You are the operator of one of hundreds of fusion power plants on the planet. Control the strong magnets to cage the plasma in the steel vessel and keep the gauge in the green area or you damage the power plant! Control a powerful microwave heating system enabling the plasma particles to fuse and blast magnetic islands away.


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The Starmakers

The movie introduces a future fusion reactor, explaining basics of fusion.

Produced in 2000 by the Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, with financial support of the European Commission, it offers a virtual visit of a reactor based on ITER design, sending the viewer some 10-20 years into the future.


Fusia 3D Show

In 2010 the European Commission produced a 3D interactive show on fusion energy research. This is an educational show, which stars the Fusia character. It has been shown at several shows and events. Learn more about fusion and the ITER project!


Fusion 2100 – Classroom of the future

The movie is set in a classroom in the year 2100. A teacher explains to students the basics of fusion and the history of fusion research using futuristic teaching kits.
Issued 2008


Fusion Reaction in the Sun

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involving many intermediate states. Here is a simplified version of this fusion reaction, to contrast with the more efficient process (fusion of deuterium and tritium) that physicists use to generate fusion power on Earth.


Fusion Reaction on Earth

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Fusion power on Earth uses the fusion of deuterium and tritium, both positively charged. However, like charges repel each other and so fusion can only be achieved by speeding up the nuclei to extraordinarily high temperatures as shown in this animation. In fusion experiments and in future power plants the required temperature is around 100 million degrees Celsius – even at this temperature only one in ten thousand collisions results in fusion.


Virtual ITER Tour

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ITER—designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power—will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility. The ITER Project is under construction in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, in the south of France. For a 360° virtual reality tour follow this link:

Booklet – Energy, Powering your World

The booklet “Energy, powering your world” is a 60-page informative text about energy in general – the ways we use it, where it comes from, and how we will deal with our energy needs in the future. This booklet can give remarkable help for secondary school teachers for their work, but it is useful for everyone interested in energy related issues.


Classroom Poster: Fusion Energy – Cleaner Energy for the Future


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